Trial set for ex-officer in death of daughter’s boyfriend

Ponca City Now - May 24, 2016 9:13 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A new trial date for a former Tulsa police officer accused in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend has been set.

Judge Sharon Holmes on Monday scheduled an Oct. 3 jury trial for Shannon Kepler. Kepler, who has retired from the police force, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with the intent to kill.

Authorities say Kepler shot 19-year-old Jeremy Lake on Aug. 5, 2014, after Lake introduced himself as Lisa Kepler’s boyfriend.

Kepler had been scheduled to go to trial in January, but the trial was delayed when Kepler’s attorney asked for Holmes to recuse herself from the case because she used to be an assistant district attorney.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals denied the request for a new judge.

 

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